Compare and Contrast Katherine Philips’ “Against Love” and John Donne’s “Triple Fool”: Essay

Compare and Contrast Katherine Philips’ “Against Love” and John Donne’s “Triple Fool”: Essay

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Katherine Philips, author of the poem, “Against Love,” was born in 1631 on New Year’s Day. At sixteen she married her fifty-six-year-old stepbrother (her step-father’s son by another marriage). In understanding her views on love, historians note that she had many loves, both platonic and sexual. Part of her literary endeavors centered on the Society of Friendship, a semi-literary correspondence circle primarily made up of women. It was in this Society of Friendship that Katherine Philips experienced platonic love. Because Philips’ writes of courtly love, the actual extent of the relationship with other women is not clearly known, though because she described the love between women as pure and not corrupted by the sexual, it is believed that these relationships were platonic. (more…)

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